Vilasrao Deshmukh reminds Ajit Pawar of his coalition dharma
WITH State deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar asserting that the LPG and fuel price hikes were unacceptable and urging party activists to come out in the streets to protest, the stage is set for skirmishes between the alliance partners.
Taking a cue from Ajits call, hundreds of NCP activists in Solapur and Nanded staged vociferous protests against the hike on Sunday. This invited some backlash from the Congress and the two sides slugged it out in the streets. The members of the NCP youth wing took out a bullock cart morcha as a part of the protest programme. Resultantly, hundreds of bullock carts blocked the traffic in front of Bhagyanagar police station in Nanded. This also led to a verbal duel between the NCP and the Congress activists. The police had to intervene to disband the warring groups, said reports reaching from Nanded.
There was a replay in Solapur where the NCP activists seemed to be more vociferous than the opposition in protesting the rollback of the hike. Finally, Union Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was in Sangli on Sunday, had to remind Ajit Pawar of coalition dharma.
Stating that the decision to hike the fuel was the collective decision of the UPA government of which the NCP is a part, Deshmukh asked Pawar to conduct himself with responsibility and not pass on the buck to the Congress. You are in